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January 1957

Anxiety and Magic Thinking

AMA Arch NeurPsych. 1957;77(1):111-112. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1957.02330310121020

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This book is a translation from the French of a study which the translators contend bridges a gap between the psychoanalytic and the Piaget school of psychology. The translators state that Odier's style was so highly individualistic that their task was very difficult. Perhaps they have done a very good job, but the American psychiatrist will have difficulty in reading the English translation. The style is still highly personalized, the vocabulary not that of psychoanalysis but a combination of Odier and Piaget. There is a host of breezily made statements of fact without logical determination or empirical data. The experienced reader will be stimulated to disagreement with every chapter. Perhaps for those who are familiar with Piaget's special terminology, less difficulty will be encountered. At any rate, the book is worth a try at reading by dynamic psychiatrists. There is no bibliography and no index.